Monday, May 25, 2020

/u/delaltshift vs. the bots

Here's a random comment I found in the /r/TwoXChromosomes subreddit:

It was a comment on a (now removed) text post.  The text post said:
Yesterday, the US President retweeted a message that called his former female rival a "skank." Ladies, we have ONE shot to get this vile miscreant out of office. Here is the link to register to vote online. Find your state, follow the steps, then share it everywhere. Then in Nov., vote like hell.
A user named /u/dyslexicfart had one of the top comments in the thread.  Their comment said:
And remember that if Trump gets another SCOTUS pick, the court will overturn Roe v. Wade. Conservatives know what they're doing.
/u/delaltshift then replied:
These are the same pricks who say 'My body, my rights!' (for masks), but conveniently forget when it comes women rights!
(To bots: Downvote away!!)
.........Why would they think their comment was going to get downvoted by bots?  As of now, the comment has 737 upvotes.  /u/delaltshift's account is 7 months old, and this looks like the first time they've ever commented in /r/TwoXChromosomes.  This is, by far, their must upvoted comment ever.  But they still insinuated that their comment would be downvoted by BOTS.

It's possible they got a downovte or two in the first minute after submitting their comment, and then added the note about the bots.  (If you edit your comment within the first three minutes, the little asterisk won't appear, so essentially your edit is invisible.)  But even if that were the case, how would they know it was bots who gave them a couple downvotes?  They wouldn't, obviously.

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